Head of Planning, Reporting & Accountability (AfCDC)

Date: Apr 22, 2024

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Organization: African Union

AU Values  

            • Respect for Diversity and Team Work             • Think Africa Above all                     

            • Transparency and Accountability                    • Integrity and Impartiality                       

            • Efficiency and Professionalism                       • Information and Knowledge Sharing

Organization Information

Reports to:  Director General
Directorate/Department/Organ: Africa CDC
Division: Planning, Reporting, and Accountability
Number of Direct Reports: –
Number of Indirect Reports: –
Job Grade: P5
Number of Positions: 1
Contract Type: Regular
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Purpose of Job

The Head of Planning, Reporting and Accountability Division is responsible for leading and assisting the Director General in translating the Institutional mandate into the long term strategic roadmap and public health initiatives, managing the development of business plan based on the approved strategic plan, the provision of quarterly and annual reports summarizing key results and insights,  developing  tools that provides highlights on progress against plans and objectives and the fostering of a culture driving high performance, instituting accountability mechanism to ascertain results to the resources deployed, and put in place measures that ensures collaboration, agility and transparency in the delivery of the organization activities. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of success in developing and implementing strategic plans, deep understanding of public health programmes and initiatives, as well as the understanding of the organization’s goals and objectives.

Main Functions

This job involves the following main functions:

  • Designs and implements policies, programs, and projects to achieve the division’s strategic objectives. 
  • Manages and supervises employees within the division, ensures the timely delivery of the division’s goals and effective staff performance evaluation. 
  • Review policies, strategies, and programs to contribute to the effective implementation of Africa CDC Decisions. 
  • Develop and implement tools in accordance with the goals of the division to integrate performance assessment in global results of the division.
  • Strengthen accountability, promote a culture of performance, and extend reach both internally and with the institution’s stakeholders.
  • Ensures the delivery of the division’s annual targets in line with the institution’s overall goals and ensures robust and timely monitoring and reporting.
  • Provides technical leadership and ensures efficient functioning of all Units within the Division.
  • Develop institutional key indicators to monitor performance and results.
  • Manages the work of the Division and supervises direct reports to ensure their effective performance in line with the organization’s performance management policy and system.
  • Maintains thematic partnerships in support of the mandate of the Division.  
  • Maintains regular working relations with senior stakeholders in Member States and partner institutions in the execution of the Division’s mandate. 
  •  Ensures that responsibilities are clearly defined, and that key performance indicators and scorecards are balanced and measure both results and performance, and that measurement parameters are passed on to lower levels where appropriate.
  • Represents the organisation and communicates its position at conferences.
  • Contributes to the preparation of periodic financial and budget execution reports and monitor budget execution at division level. 
  • Ensures the effective management of funds contributed to the organization.  
  • Manages risk within the division and recommends mitigation strategies.
  • Contributes to the development of the departmental business continuity plan and ensures implementation at division level.
  • Maintains a positive work environment that facilitates collaboration and information sharing and is conducive to attracting, retaining, and motivating diverse talent. 

Specific Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement performance tracking measures to continuously monitor allocation of resources and progress against strategic plans to inform reporting and decision-making.
  • Lead and coordinate effective system-wide strategic and business-planning processes and results reporting.
  • Ensure compliance with the African Union/Africa CDC Staff rules and regulations.
  • Commission data analysis to provide quarterly and annual reports summarizing key findings and insights, using visualization tools to highlight progress against plans and objectives, to inform decision making.
  • Lead, motivate and mentor the team, monitoring performance, fostering ongoing professional development and ensure staff have the knowledge and skills to achieve their work objectives in alignment with Department values.
  • Interpret Africa CDC Mandates into public health functions and strategies in collaboration with functional Centres, Directorates, Divisions, Regional Coordinating Centres, Member States, and other Continental Public Health Stakeholders.
  • Analyzes independent and external evaluations with a view of improving the institution’s performance, suggesting ways of solving key problems, removing obstacles, and improving the operational process.
  • Formulate implementable public health initiatives, programmes, and workplans from different public health functions, and aligned to continent’s health priorities.
  • Develop evidence-based and cost-effective implementation approaches for the attainment of expected results from the Africa CDC Strategic Plan.
  • Develop systems, processes, standards, and structure to support Africa CDC Programme planning, implementation of its activities, report on the results, and account for resources deployed.
  • Establish an evidence-based mechanism to link the results attained by different public health initiatives to the resources deployed.
  • Lead periodic reviews of policies, strategies, and programmes to ensure they respond to key public health functions and mandates of Africa CDC.
  • Determine and implement KPIs to evaluate operational performance outcomes and program progress to contribute to the achievement of the long-term strategy.
  • Develop and document on the best practices for planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of public health programmes that are adoptable to other Africa’s public health institutions and African Union Member States
  • Implement capacity building programs for Africa CDC Business Units and Member States on Planning, Reporting, and Monitoring and Evaluation of public health programmes.
  • Facilitate on the linkage between Programmatic and Supporting functions of Africa CDC for effective implementation of its strategic plan and mandate.
  • Foster a culture which drives and encourages high performance, collaboration, agility and accountability in the delivery of educational outcomes aligned with the division and Department’s strategy

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

  • Master’s degree in economics, Monitoring & Evaluation, Public Health, or other related fields of study.
  • Minimum of twelve (12) years of relevant experience at national, regional, or international organization out of which seven (7) years should be at managerial level and with at least five (5) years with supervisory responsibilities.

Required Skills

  • Proven ability to manage and coordinate complex projects.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Fluency in one or more AU official working languages.

Leadership Competencies

Strategic Perspective

Developing Others

Change Management

Managing Risk

Core Competencies

Building Relationships

Foster Accountability Culture

Learning Orientation

Communicating with impact

Functional Competencies

Conceptual Thinking

Job Knowledge and information sharing

Drive for Results

Fosters Innovation


The appointment will be made on a regular term contract for a period of three (3) years, of which the first twelve months shall be considered as a probationary period. Thereafter, the contract will be for a period of two years renewable, subject to satisfactory performance and deliverables.


The AU Commission is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.


Proficiency in one of the AU working languages (Arabic, English, French, Kiswahili, Portuguese, and Spanish) is mandatory and fluency in another AU language is an added advantage


Indicative basic salary of US$  50,746.00 (P5 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment ( 46% of basic salary), Housing allowance US$  26,208.00   (per annum), and education allowance (100% of tuition and other education-related expenses for every eligible dependent up to a maximum of US$ 10,000.00 per child per annum), for internationally recruited staff and a maximum of $3,300 per child per annum for locally recruited staff.

Applications must be submitted no later than May 22, 2024 11h59 p.m. EAT.
-Only candidates who meet all job requirements and are selected for interviews will be contacted. -Consideration will be given only to those candidates who have submitted a fully completed online application with a curriculum vitae (CV), an African passport, and the required academic qualifications, such as Diplomas, Bachelor’s degrees, Master’s degrees and any relevant certificate in line with the area of expertise.
-The African Union is an equal opportunity employer, and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
-Candidates from less represented countries within the African Union are strongly encouraged to apply for positions that fit their profiles. These countries include Algeria, Angola, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Comoros, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Namibia, Niger, Sahrawi D.R., Sao Tome and Principe., Seychelles, Somalia and Tunisia.

Requisition ID: 2201